SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced it plans to donate coordinate system and map
projection technology to the geospatial open source community. The
software, acquired from Mentor Software and its founder Norm Olsen, will
help users to more easily support geographic coordinate conversions and
allow accurate and precise geospatial analysis. The announcement was made
today at the annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G)
conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where geospatial open
source developers and users join to learn, present and network.
"With its ground-breaking open source donations of web mapping
(MapGuide Open Source) and geospatial data access technology (FDO)
software, Autodesk has proven itself to be a leader in contributing
sophisticated and powerful geospatial technology to the open source
community," said Frank Warmerdam, president of Open Source Geospatial
Foundation (OSGeo). "The latest planned contribution supports the
projections and transformations necessary to support over 3,000 coordinate
systems worldwide and has capabilities not previously available to the open
source community. I am also very excited to have Norm Olsen joining the
community and I look forward to increased community collaboration and
innovation-hallmarks of the open source community."
"Our intent to contribute again to the open source community is a
reflection of our customers' desire for faster innovation, more frequent
product releases, and lower total cost of ownership," said Lisa Campbell,
vice president, Autodesk Geospatial. "Autodesk continues to partner and
work closely with the open source community to help these technologies gain
adoption-and evolve and improve over time."
The planned contribution follows a recent acquisition by Autodesk of
Mentor Software's technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Mentor Software's founder and principal, Norm Olsen, who created and
supported the technology Autodesk intends to donate, will join Autodesk as
a senior software engineer.
"I am pleased to see the software I created and nurtured move to the
open source community," said Olsen. "I built a loyal following of major
software vendors who licensed and embedded my technology in their GIS
products. Before this donation, any enhancements to the software were my
sole responsibility. Now, this technology can be supported by me and many
more developers who can now make their own contribution. Finally, I am
pleased to join a geospatial and design vendor like Autodesk that
understands the role and the value of both commercial and open source
The technology is presently embedded in Autodesk's own software
products, including AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise, and is
used by hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. Currently,
Autodesk software engineers are preparing the source code for donation by
ensuring that it is properly documented and organized as an open source
project. The company expects to donate the software as an open source
project to OSGeo by the end of 2007.
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manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has
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